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Pay leaves some teachers feeling forced out of the middle class

The issue of teacher pay is a complex one that has given rise to multiple protests in recent months. While the issue at first appears to be a matter of states simply allocating more money to teachers, it’s often not so simple because of administrative decisions by district leaders. Some states also have lower fiscal capacity and lower costs of living, which affect comparisons with other states. Overall, teacher salaries have remained stagnant or have dropped in many states over the past few years, though the reason for this may also have to do with changing teacher demographics.

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